Plants Poisonous to Cats

Below you will find a list of common plants poisonous to cats.

Cats love chewing on plants, so it is important to take precautions to prevent your cat from ingesting poisonous plants. The plants listed below can cause illness, severe irritation and even death.

Cat Eating PlantIndeed, poisonous plants can cause several potentially dangerous reactions. Some of the most common symptoms include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and abnormal heart rate.

Is an indoor cat safe from poisonous plants? Unfortunately, you can find toxic plants indoors as well as outdoors. So before you start decorating your home with live plants, make sure they will not pose a threat to your cat.

In case of an emergency - Very Important

If you think your cat has ingested a poisonous plant or any other toxic substance, call your vet or contact the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center immediately. The ASPCA toll free number is 1-888-426-4435.

Common Plants Toxic to Cats

This is not a definitive or complete list. Always check with your vet if you have any doubts about any plant, or go to the ASPCA site . They have an exhaustive list of toxic plants.

By the way, lilies (and all members of the lily family) are highly toxic to cats. Other toxic plants are:

  • Alocasia
  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • American Holly
  • Apple Seeds
  • Apricot
  • Azalea
  • Begonia
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Black Calla
  • Buttercup
  • Cactus
  • Calladium
  • Calla Lily
  • Carnation
  • Castor Bean
  • Cherry
  • Clematis
  • Creeping Charlie
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Day Lily
  • Desert Rose
  • Dhalia
  • Easter Lily
  • English Lily
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fern Palm
  • Fig
  • Foxglove
  • Gardenia
  • Gladiola
  • Grapefruit
  • Hibiscus
  • Holly
  • Hortensia
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Larkspur
  • Lemon
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Locust
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander
  • Onion
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Tulip
  • Yew

For more information on poison control and prevention visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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